We don’t know when our how we will die, but we can choose how we greet the moment when it arises. By befriending death, we are free to live more fully in the moment.
Dale Borglum, a life-long pioneer in the field of Conscious Dying, often poses the question: “if you knew you were going to die in one hour, would it change the way you are experiencing this moment right now? Would it change the way are hearing the sounds around you, feeling the sensations in your body, etc.”
Conscious dying should not begin at the time of death, the time to commence is now. When we begin this moment-to-moment practice of living, we are inviting everything in. Including death. This type of living has the power to transform the way we view our everyday experiences, suffering, and our own personal dance with death.
But this: that one can contain death,
the whole of death,
even before life has begun,
can hold it to one’s heart, gently,
and not refuse to go on living,
-Rainer Maria Rilke